28 December 2018

Christmas message from the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

This is my first Christmas message as the Welsh Conservative leader and, indeed, your Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly. The last year has been one of change in Wales for all the main parties, which has also brought about a change of government in Wales.

Thankfully, the festive period remains a constant in our calendar: for the vast majority of us in Wales and across the UK, Christmas is a time of celebration and spending time with the family. However, this is not the case for everybody. While we’re in our homes having our Christmas lunch or watching festive television, emergency service workers will still be on duty. They will be turning up for a shift as usual.

Nurses will still be tending to the sick, the police still on alert for 999 calls, paramedics still ready to reach a patient. Christmas for them is just another day.


11 December 2018

Welsh Conservatives bid farewell to outgoing First Minister

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has described the outgoing First Minister as a ‘real giant of Welsh politics’ on his last day as Leader of the Welsh Government.

During his response to the First Ministers resignation statement, Paul Davies AM thanked Carwyn Jones AM for his ‘immense contribution’ to public life in Wales, saying that his successor would have ‘big shoes to fill’.

Mr Jones's nine years as First Minister of Wales will come to a close today. The Assembly Member for Bridgend will submit his resignation to the Queen following his final First Ministers Questions and subsequent resignation statement.


06 December 2018

Welsh Conservatives statement on new Welsh Labour leader

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Paul Davies AM, said:

"I congratulate Mark Drakeford on his election as Labour Leader in Wales. They have a huge task ahead of him in solving the problems our nation is experiencing after decades of failure from successive Labour-led governments.

"People across the country are crying out for change but I fear that the result of this election is simply going to give us more of the same.

"While Mark Drakeford has a mandate to lead from the Labour Party, he has no mandate to lead from the Welsh people; only a Welsh Assembly election will provide an opportunity for the public to endorse, or otherwise, his plans."


05 December 2018

Welsh Assembly to debate performance and legacy of Carwyn Jones’ Government

The Welsh Conservatives will be holding a debate in the Senedd on Wednesday with the aim of persuading AMs to call on the Welsh Government to “acknowledge its failures and abandon its failing policies”.

Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies AM will lead the session highlighting 11 specific areas in their motion where the Welsh Labour-led governments of the outgoing First Minister have taken Wales backwards in the economy, housing, education, and health.

The Conservatives will call on the National Assembly to regret that since Carwyn Jones became First Minister in December 2009:


04 December 2018

‘Housing crisis is bigger than Party Politics’, says Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has urged members of the National Assembly for Wales to adopt a cross party consensus towards housing in Wales.

During FMQs, Paul Davies AM slammed the Welsh Government’s failure to mitigate the Housing Crisis, and called on the Leader of the House to adopt the policy proposals that were announced in the Welsh Conservative Housing Strategy which was released earlier this week.

Mr Davies attacked the Welsh Government’s approach for being ‘lethargic’ and ‘tired’.


Welsh Conservatives reject Welsh Government pantomime debate

The Welsh Conservatives will today reject a Welsh Government debate on the EU Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.

Welsh Conservative Leader, Paul Davies AM, has said that the Welsh Government is ‘playing politics’ with what is one of the most important decisions in modern Welsh and British history.

He slammed the debate as an attempt to ‘start the pantomime season’.

The debate has been brought forward by the Welsh Government to discuss the Withdrawal Agreement and its contents, and includes a point to keep the UK aligned with the Single Market and the Customs Union.


03 December 2018

Welsh Conservatives launch new Housing Strategy

The Welsh Conservatives have today released a new strategy which aims to tackle the housing crisis in Wales.

The strategy - titled 'Housing a Nation' - contains proposals to re-establish housing as a basic right for all. David Melding AM - the Shadow Secretary for Housing - who brought forward the strategy called it 'a vision of momentous ambition'.

A lack of house building, unsuitable and poor quality properties, and dysfunctional markets have led to the biggest housing crisis since the Second World War. According to the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Paul Davies AM, 'it is one of the greatest barriers to social wellbeing, and it is hurting ordinary working people the most'.


29 November 2018

World Aids Day 2018

Paul is pictured wearing the red ribbon for World Aids Day.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is pleased to wear a red ribbon in the run up to World Aids Day 2018 on December 1st. This awareness raising day was founded back in 1988 and was the first ever global health day.

Paul Davies stated, “Wearing a simple red ribbon shows that people from around the world are united in the fight against HIV and shows support for people living with HIV. Despite the fact that the virus was only identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or Aids.


28 November 2018

Shop local this Christmas

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is looking forward to continuing his support for local businesses in Preseli Pembrokeshire on Small Business Saturday. Since its inception in 2012, this campaign has given a real opportunity for local shops and businesses to showcase their exceptional products, foods and services to local residents and visitors to the area on a specific day which receives National media coverage.

Paul Davies said, “I enjoy supporting local businesses each and every week, and I hope in the run up to Christmas residents will consider supporting the smaller shops who often offer very unusual and specialised gifts and services which would make really unique and special gifts for loved ones.


27 November 2018

Support Pledged to the Campaign to Stop Violence towards Shopkeepers

Paul is supporting the USDAW Campaign against violence towards shopworkers.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies was pleased to pledge his support to the USDAW Campaign against violence towards shopworkers in the National Assembly. This is an important campaign which needs widespread support, from politicians and the general public.

Mr Davies said, “I was pleased to talk to a number of shopworkers currently who were fully embracing the campaign for shoppers to show respect to people who work in our stores and shops.


26 November 2018

Welsh Conservatives to call time on Natural Resources Wales

Welsh Conservatives have today announced plans to replace the scandal-hit quango, Natural Resources Wales, as part of its vision for the environment in Wales post-Brexit.

Shadow Environment and Rural Affairs Secretary, Andrew RT Davies AM, has called for NRW to be scrapped and replaced by two separate bodies; one handling the regulatory duties undertaken by the organisation and the other its commercial aspects, with Brexit providing an opportunity to ensure Wales is at the forefront of environmental measures.

The organisation has been besieged by scandal, incompetence and poor staff morale since its inception back in 2013 when the Welsh Labour Government made it Wales’ largest quango via a merger of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales, and the Forestry Commission Wales.


21 November 2018

Welsh Government “not playing its role” in UK’s research and development strategy

Despite the UK Government’s emphasis on R&D for post-Brexit Britain, Wales is falling behind on three key indicators because of “the Welsh Labour Government’s failure to foster innovation and a higher wage economy”, according to the Welsh Conservatives.

Statistics released by the Office for National Statistics today show Wales has the lowest R&D expenditure of the UK nations at £146 per head. This compares to £386 in England, £274 in Northern Ireland, and £230 in Scotland.


First Minister “deflects and obfuscates” as quarter of Wales’ trains are out-of-service

The Welsh Conservative leader used First Minister’s questions today to secure answers as to what Transport for Wales’ plan of action is for resolving the capacity issue with its stock.

It follows TfW’s full page apology published in Welsh newspapers today where they stated customers “haven’t received the service that” they “deserve and expect”.

Despite past promises of a high quality, affordable, and accessible train network in Wales made by Carwyn Jones, Paul Davies AM highlighted that:

  • TfW’s morning commuter train from Chepstow and Caldicot to Newport and Cardiff has been cancelled 16 times in the last 20 weekdays;
  • Blaenau Ffestinog, Betws-y-coed and Llanrwst have had no trains all day on seven of the last 20 weekdays;
  • And the 08.40 train from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury was cancelled on four days last week.


15 November 2018

North Wales councillor appointed as Welsh Conservative Disability Champion

Paul is pictured with new Welsh Conservative Disability Champion James Lusted.The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Welsh Parliament has announced the appointment of Councillor James Lusted as the Leader’s Disability Champion.

Cllr Lusted was elected as the UK’s first dwarf councillor last year. He will work to promote good practice for people with disabilities across Wales, and to encourage the participation of disabled people in public life.

The appointment reflects a commitment made by Mr Davies during the Welsh Conservative leadership campaign.


Leader of Welsh Conservatives welcomes Cabinet agreement

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has welcomed the Prime Minister's statement on the progression with the EU draft withdrawal agreement.

Specifically, Paul Davies AM praised the Prime Minister for the way she has fought for the interests of Wales and the wider UK in these 'extraordinary times'.

The comments came following the announcement that the UK Government has backed a draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU.

Paul Davies AM said:

'These are extraordinary times and I want to pay tribute to the Prime Minister for the way she has fought for the interests of Wales and the wider UK in the Brexit negotiations.


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